Newcastle – bridges, bridges and more bridges.

Hello again, and welcome to this entry about Newcaste-upon-Tyne which may or may not go according to plan as I am charting new technological waters here.  I have “owned” my own website now for quite a while and can still barely believe it but I have so far restricted myself to very standard style entries and this is my first attempt at a gallery post so anything might happen.

If you have been reading my other posts about my wonderful trip to Northumberland in late October and early November 2020 you will know that I had developed some sort of fixation with the bridges over the River Tyne and I did take an inordinate amount of images of them from every conceivable angle.  Rather than bore the reader with interminable images in the main entries, I decided to put some of them together in one place here so if bridges are not your thing you can pass quickly on.

I am painfully aware that my photography is not of the highest calibre due in small part to the basic equipment I use and in much greater part to a lack of ability and / or training.  If you want a look at some great images of the bridges joining Newcastle to Gateshead then I thoroughly recommend having a look here.  This is a page from my friend Sarah’s travel blog.  Sarah is a long-time friend from Virtual Tourist days and we still meet up for dinner now and again.  Apart from being a superb photographer and writer, she is a “Geordie by marriage” although a Londoner by birth and she spends a lot of time in the Northeast.  She knows the area intimately and her other pieces on that website are well worth a read both about this region and much further afield.  The very fact that she uses Toonsarah as her username is indicative of her love for the place and it’s football team.

I may have mentioned elsewhere that since the sad demise of VT the spirit very much lives on and is nowhere better exemplified than the annual Euromeets which still take place, usually in late May or early June and attract over 50 people from all over the world.  This year Sarah is organising it in Newcastle and it promises to be a great weekend.  It is not restricted to those that were members of VT and if any of my few readers who were not in that great community fancy the idea then please get in touch and I’ll point you in the right direction.  The meets are completely non-prescriptive and you participate in as many or as few of the organised activities as you like.  They are basically an excuse for like-minded i.e. travel-minded people to get together in an interesting location and they are invariably wonderful.

Right, enough of that and back to the bridges.  Going downstream in the centre of the city you have the Redheugh Bridge (the unphotographed one), the King Edward Bridge (the railway one), the High Level Bridge (the scary, vertiginous one), the Swing Bridge (the practical one), the Tyne Bridge (the iconic one) and the Millennium Bridge (the expensive, modern pedestrian one).  After that it is either the Tyne Tunnel or swim.  I have done the former and don’t intend to attempt the latter!

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Well, if that went according to plan, I hope you enjoyed the images and so now back to the main narrative.

Author: Fergy.

Hello there. I am a child of the 50's, now retired and had been enjoying travelling pre-virus. Now I am effectively under house arrest. Apart from travelling, I love playing music (guitar, vocals and a bit of percussion) as the profile pic suggests and watching sport, my playing days are long over. I read voraciously, both fiction and nonfiction I'll read just about anything although I do have a particular interest in military history of all periods. I live alone in fairly central London where I have been for over 30 years since leaving Northern Ireland which was the place of my birth. I adore cooking and I can and do read recipe books and watch food programmes on TV / online all day given half a chance.

2 thoughts on “Newcastle – bridges, bridges and more bridges.”

  1. You have some super photos of the various bridges here! Thanks so much for the plug for my own efforts in that respect 🙂 By the way, there is a third option for crossing the river downstream from the Millennium Bridge, and that’s the Sheilds Ferry!


    1. Hello mate, thanks so much for the kind comments and I’m more than happy to plug your pages, I think they are great as you know.

      I didn’t know there was a Shields ferry running, must give it a go next time so I can compare it to the Woolwich Ferry! Has to be preferable to swimming the Tyne.

      I’ve just been up most of the night writing up North Berwick so hopefully I’ll get this trip finished shortly. I still have Newcastle railway station and Centurion Bar to cover but there is definitely light at the end of the (Tyne?) tunnel!

      Speak soon.


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